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Homemade Crispy Potato Chips and 10 Best Seasoning Ideas
Snacks can really put you over your food budget, especially if everyone in the family
grabbed a package. I stopped buying crisps ever since my sister-in-law taught me
how to make potato chips at home, and I have been using this oh-so-easy homemade
potato chip recipe for a few years now.
These homemade potato chips are perfectly crispy and so delicious that even my 82
years old grandmother can't stop munching on them! They are highly addictive and
make you eat more than a handful so I suggest you pre-portion the chips into smaller
bags. Your homemade crisps will stay fresh for 5-7 days when stored in an air tight
container, and kept in a cool, dry place.
Best Homemade Potato Chip Seasoning Ideas
1. As for potato chip seasoning ideas, I usually keep it old school and flavor with
only sea salt and vinegar. Sometimes I also add a bit of red chili powder and cayenne
pepper to kick up the heat.
2. Just like your children, my kids love anything BBQ flavored so I use Neely's BBQ
seasoning. If you prefer to make your own bbq seasoning mixture, here's what you
do – combine small amounts of paprika, garlic salt, onion powder, chili powder, cayenne
pepper, ground mustard and sugar.
3. If you want to make chicken and thyme flavored chips, crush a chicken bouillon
cube, add a little hot chili powder, dried thyme and a dash of onion salt.
4. For hot garlic seasoning, saute a little chopped garlic and add chopped parsley,
freshly ground black pepper and salt to butter or margarine. You can also use it
to flavor homemade popcorn.
5. If you are a huge fan of cajun style potato chips, combine paprika, salt, garlic
powder, black pepper, onion powder, cayenne powder, oregano and thyme. Your taste
buds will run wild!
6. Love tomatoey chips? Then create your own tomato seasoning by mixing tomato powder,
sea salt, sugar, onion powder, garlic powder, vinegar powder with parsley powder.
7. For something really simple yet yummy, put freshly grated Parmesan cheese and
a tiny bit of salt and pepper on your freshly fried potato chips.
8. If you have not tried chocolate dipped potato chips, you don't know what you are
missing! Melt semisweet chocolate in the microwave, dip half of the chip and sprinkle
a little salt to make chocolate covered potato chips.
9. If you are in the mood for something Japanese, sprinkle ground nori (seaweed),
toasted sesame seed, garlic salt and wasabi powder.
10. My grandmother's favorite potato chip seasoning mix – polenta or semolina, paprika
and chili powder.
Note: How much to add depends on how much you like the flavor being added, so it's
best to sample a crisp every now and then, and adjust according to your taste.
Homemade Crispy Potato Chip Recipe
6 large russet potatoes
vegetable oil for deep frying (I use canola oil; you can also use peanut oil)
1 teaspoon sea salt
How to make deep fried potato chips at home
1. Wash, scrub and peel the potatoes (leave skin on, if you want extra dietary fiber).
2. Using a very sharp knife, cut potatoes into very thin slices (about ¼ - ⅛ inch
rounds) and soak them in a bowl of iced water. Place the bowl in your refrigerator
for 30-40 minutes. This will help to remove all the starch from the potatoes, making
them ready for deep frying – make the chips crispier.
You can also use a mandolin or blade attachment of food processor to slice potato
3. Remove, rinse a few times (water must be clear in the last rinse) and let drain
completely. Then lay flat on kitchen towels and pat dry.
4. Heat oil in a deep fryer or a large saucepan until very hot (350˚F).
5. Gently lower potato slices into hot oil in small batches and deep fry for 3 minutes,
or until crisp and golden brown.
6. Remove with a slotted spoon, shake off excess oil and drain on paper towels to
remove the rest of the oil. Then transfer them to a big bowl.
7. Dust with salt (or add your favorite chip seasonings) immediately while the chips
are still hot so that the flavor adheres to the hot oil.
Instead of deep-frying, you might want to make potato chips in the oven. It is healthier,
but can be quite a hassle as you need several baking sheets to make one batch.
Follow steps 1-3. Then place potato crisps on a baking tray, sprinkle with a little
extra virgin olive oil, rock salt, ground black pepper and chilli powder (any seasonings
you like). Bake in a medium to high hot oven, making sure to turn regularly.
By Kate Miller
The entire family loves salty treats and my kids can polish off huge bags of Lays
hot & spicy barbecue flavored potato chips during our weekly movie nights. It's getting
somewhat expensive to buy crisps every week so I'm asking for a homemade crispy potato
chip recipe. I would be thrilled if you could also suggest a few seasoning ideas
for potato chips. A big thank you! – Emma, Ontario.